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5.0 out of 5 stars Drama with a heart and mind.
This is simply a fabulous film! Essentially this is a love triangle between three workers at a Washington news station, played by Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks. Without going into plot details, this film stands up to many repeat viewings due to the wonderful script and direction of James L. Brooks - a man who should make far more movies. The dialogue is...
Published on 25 July 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a supposedly great rom com slash media satire but I feel it ...
It's a supposedly great rom com slash media satire but I feel it has dated and now a bit of a period piece. The love triangle is interesting but reminiscent of many others. Brooks is always fab and so is Holly Hunter. Hurt does what he does best - a kind of Walken-esque vacuity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drama with a heart and mind., 25 July 2001
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This is simply a fabulous film! Essentially this is a love triangle between three workers at a Washington news station, played by Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks. Without going into plot details, this film stands up to many repeat viewings due to the wonderful script and direction of James L. Brooks - a man who should make far more movies. The dialogue is clever, intelligent and witty, depicting fully rounded characters in very human dilemas. As well as tugging at the heartstrings this film also has some standout comic moments - Joan Cusack's mad dash with the video tape across the station springs immediately to mind. But what brings the entire thing together are career best performances from the main cast - particularly Hunter's, who has never been more funny and charming. At a bargin price buy this movie now! Or alternatively wait like me with baited breath for the region 2 DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Broadcast News" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers..., 22 Feb 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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The BLU RAY of 1987's "Broadcast News" is on a USA-ONLY Criterion issue (released Stateside 2011) and boasts a beautifully restored print and audio. But for UK and Euro fans of this criminally forgotten movie - that's where the good news ends.

Unfortunately this American BLU RAY is REGION-A LOCKED which means you will need a Multi-Region BLU RAY player to play it on - and very few of our machines are chipped to that - and those that are - cost quite a lot (unlike their multi-region DVD counterparts).

Once again it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for another classic to come our way...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What, no fans?, 24 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Broadcast News [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
It's amazing that this has only two reviews. It is an excellent film, with strong characters and kicks against the grain. Naturally Holly is superb, but Brooks and Hurt(playing against type) also do well.

A searing indictment of the age, even more so now, of style over content. Don't call people obsessive.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 21 April 2011
Super-intelligent, totally unpredictable, deeply charming. One of the greatest rom-coms and probably the best movie about TV news values. Plus it has a bunch of wonderful actors doing career-best work. There is nothing wrong with this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie, 12 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Broadcast News [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Still as fresh today as it was was it first came out. Sexy, intelligent and a good, albeit now dated, look at the the media.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newsroom prequel, 15 Sep 2013
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Insider view of American Newsroom - Greatly entertaining and a different role for the feisty, intelligent Ms Hunter and pretty near the truth of what goes on when news (truth) meets corporate sponsorship and ratings. William Hurt is excellent as the shallow anchor man and Brooks is mighty as the real talent behind all of them. It's not the greatest film ever made but hugely watchable, and anyone who has viewed the American TV programme The Newsroom and enjoys the intelligent bits, this is what it is presumably (?) based upon. I'll watch this again and probably again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Smarts, 30 Jan 2013
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G Dogg (Davis, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Broadcast News [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Holly Hunter is smart as a whip but not smart enough to rise above her instinct.

Albert Brooks is smart but not smart enough to reprogram Hunter's hard-wiring.

William Hurt is smart enough to be charismatic and telegenic.

Broadcast News may be an allegory of the Reagan years: Look good, have good back-drops, and read the script -- let the policy wonks do the heavy lifting. Well.. there's different kinds of smarts.

Whoever said "politics is show business for ugly people" didn't have the right actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broadcast News, 27 Sep 2012
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S. Mccartney (UK) - See all my reviews
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I have had the region 1 DVD of this for years prior to that 20th Cent Fox VHS. Its one of my favourite films. The perfect three way love triangle of William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks make for comedy gold. I love the way this film unfolds into more than just a romantic comedy. It shows US network news going through a tough time and the road to its demise. It was one of the most successful films of 1987 and rightly so. the criterion bluray is the best version I have ever seen. With the wonderful outtake of the scene in the tazi and other deleted scenes which I didn't even knew existed the great behind the scenes footage of James L Brooks directing Hurt and Hunter.

Its great, easily stands up there with many modern romcoms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 8 Jun 2012
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A. J. Morris (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Broadcast News [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Great movie with the now almost iconic 'sweating' scene, Holly Hunter 'crying' and great one-liners. A real blast from the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest in it's humour and outcome, 28 July 2010
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Caryn Waller "love Atticus" (Nice, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Broadcast News [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Love this movie telling the story of news before digital came of age and when the words 'sales' and 'news' together was a sin. Although not representative of a news room today it still hums the energy of live TV and the one liners crack me up. It's a stellar cast on top form with an honest story and no Hollywood ending. Thoroughly recommend it and take something new from it every time I watch it.
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